A few months ago I was searching for something fun to do with these beets I had gotten at the grocery store. Nothing seem appetizing until I found this recipe. It hit the spot and was so good and filling.
This is a lot of spices so take a deep breath put on some amazing music and enjoy your time in the kitchen. Cutting things and preparing your spices for the recipe is a part of the fun.
By: Minimalist Baker
Curried Beet Soup with Tandoori Chickpeas
- Chickpeas Ingredients
- 1 15-ounce (425 g) can chickpeas, rinsed, drained + dried in a clean towel
- 1 Tbsp melted coconut oil (or sub grape seed oil)
- 1/4 tsp sea salt, plus more to taste
- 2 Tbsp tandoori masala spice blend (see notes for DIY/where to buy*)
- 1 tsp coconut sugar
- Soup Ingredients
- 1 Tbsp (15 ml) coconut or grape seed oil
- 2 shallots, thinly diced (~40 g)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced (1 Tbsp or 6 g)
- 1 Tbsp (6 g) minced ginger
- 6 small-medium beets, quartered (~80 g each)
- Pinch each sea salt + black pepper, plus more to taste
- 1 1/2 Tbsp (25 g) green curry paste (or sub 12 g curry powder)
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- optional: Pinch each ground cardamom and coriander
- 1 14-ounce (414 ml) can light coconut milk (optional: more for serving)
- 2 cups (480 ml) vegetable broth
- 2-3 Tbsp (24-36 g) coconut sugar (or maple syrup)
- optional: Fresh chopped cilantro
- Chickpea Instructions
- If preparing chickpeas, preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C), and add rinsed and dried chickpeas to a small mixing bowl. Top with coconut oil, salt, tandoori masala, and coconut sugar. Toss to combine, and sample a chickpea. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
- Spread onto a bare baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until deep golden brown and fragrant. Set aside to cool.
- Soup Instructions
- Heat a large pot over medium heat.
- Once hot, add oil, shallots, garlic and ginger. Sauté for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Add beets, salt and pepper, curry paste, cinnamon, turmeric, cumin, cayenne, cardamom and coriander (optional). Stir to coat, then cover and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add coconut milk, vegetable broth, and coconut sugar.
- Bring to a low boil over medium heat and then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until beets are fork tender.
- Use an immersion blender, or transfer soup to a blender, and purée on high until creamy and smooth. If using a blender, return soup back to pot.
- Taste and adjust seasonings as needed, adding more dry spices, salt, or sweetener to taste. I didn't make any adjustments.
- Serve with an extra drizzle of coconut milk (optional), a generous amount of tandoori chickpea, and a sprinkle of cilantro (optional).
- Store leftover soup covered in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or in the freezer up to 1 month. Store chickpeas separately in a well-sealed container at room temperature up to 2 days.